The Filmcraziest Show with Benjamin Ross Hayden and Shannon Joel Chappell for Parallel Minds

The Filmcraziest Show with Benjamin Ross Hayden and Shannon Joel Chappell for Parallel Minds

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by writer and director Benjamin Ross Hayden and art director Shannon Joel Chappell, to discuss their new film Parallel Minds, which played early this month at Toronto’s Blood in the Snow Film Festival. The plot: In the near future, an A.I. called URM is investigated by a detective named Thomas Elliot (Greg Bryk) and a researcher, Margo Elson (Tommie Amber-Pirie), for a lab about to release a contact lens with the power to record what the eye can see to recreate memories. The film is written and directed by Benjamin Ross Hayden and also stars Neil Napier, Madison Walsh, Michelle Thrush, Wilma Pelly and Chelsea Green. (My review of the film can be found here.)

The Filmcraziest Show – Francesco Giannini, “Hall”

The Filmcraziest Show – Francesco Giannini, “Hall”

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I'm joined by co-writer and director Francesco Giannini of the Canadian pandemic horror Hall, which just had its Canadian Premiere as a part of the Blood in the Snow Film Festival at the end of October, where Giannini recently won the Best Director award, as well. The film depicts the very [...]

The Filmcraziest Show – BJ Verot, Echo Andersson, “The Return”

The Filmcraziest Show – BJ Verot, Echo Andersson, “The Return”

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by director/co-writer BJ Verot and actress Echo Andersson (pictured in the featured image) to discuss their new film The Return, which just had its Canadian Premiere at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival. The plot: When brilliant student Rodger (Richard Harmon) learns of the death of his father, he returns to his childhood home with his girlfriend, Beth (Sara Thompson), and his long-time best friend Jordan (Echo Andersson) to set affairs in order. Rodger then begins to investigate the details of the family tragedy; and soon discovers a malevolent force that has been haunting his family since his childhood.

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Shall We Play? (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Shall We Play? (2020)

Directed by: Ann Forry. Starring: Matreya Scarrwener, Jessica McLeod, Michelle Creber. Runtime: 1h 27 min. Minor spoilers follow. Troubled teen Stacy (Matreya Scarrwener) is being plagued by nightmares and visions. When she confides in her best friends Jess (Jessica McLeod) and Emma (Michelle Creber), and Jess suggests a new phone application -- the titular Shall We [...]

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Hall (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Hall (2020)

Directed by: Francesco Giannini. Starring: Carolina Bartczak, Yumiko Shaku, Mark Gibson. Runtime: 1h 25 min. Minor spoilers follow. The most compelling aspect of the new pandemic film Hall, directed by Francesco Giannini, is the character development of its two core characters, Val (Carolina Bartczak) and Naomi (Yumiko Shaku), who are both victims of abusive relationships. [...]

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Parallel Minds (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Parallel Minds (2020)

In Benjamin Ross Hayden’s new science fiction film Parallel Minds, an A.I. called URM is investigated by a detective, Thomas Elliott (Greg Bryk) and lab researcher Margo Elson (Tommie-Ambe Pirie) for a lab preparing to release a contact lens with the power to record what the eye can see to recreate memories. This is all coincides with the death of head researcher Elise Perrott (Michelle Thrush).

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: The Return (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: The Return (2020)

When brilliant student Rodger (Richard Harmon) learns of the death of his father, he returns to his childhood home with his girlfriend, Beth (Sara Thompson), and his long-time best friend Jordan (Echo Andersson) to set affairs in order. Rodger then begins to investigate the details of the family tragedy; and soon discovers a malevolent force that has been haunting his family since his childhood.

Blood in the Snow Review: Bloodthirsty (2020)

Blood in the Snow Review: Bloodthirsty (2020)

Directed by: Amelia Moses. Starring: Lauren Beatty, Greg Bryk, Katharine King So. Runtime: 1h 24 min. Minor spoilers follow. In Amelia Moses’ second feature, Bloodthirsty follows a singer-songwriter, Grey (Lauren Beatty), who visits a secluded mansion along with her girlfriend Charlie (Katharine King So), in order to collaborate on her second album with an eccentric [...]

Filmcraziest Interviews, Justin G. Dyck and Keith Cooper, “Anything for Jackson”

Filmcraziest Interviews, Justin G. Dyck and Keith Cooper, “Anything for Jackson”

On this episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I chat with director Justin G. Dyck and writer Keith Cooper for their new film Anything for Jackson, a great reverse exorcism horror that had its World Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on Sept. 1, and recently had its U.S. Premiere as a part of the Nighstream Film Festival on Oct. 9.

The plot: Dr. Henry Walsh (Julian Richings) and his wife, Audrey (Sheila McCarthy), lost their grandson, Jackson, in a car crash two years earlier and instead of accepting it, they found satanism. To get him back, they kidnap one of Henry’s pregnant patients, Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), to execute a ritual that would hopefully bring Jackson back, but they get more than they bargained for. The film also stars Yannick Bisson and Josh Cruddas. My review out of Nightstream can be found here, and my first review from Fantasia can be found here.